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SKIN AND TISSUE DISORDERS


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Skin disorders can result from allergies, poor diet leading to nutritional deficiencies, toxins, bacteria or fungal infections, impurities in the blood, exposure to harsh chemicals, pollution, hard water, soap and detergents, medications or too much sunshine.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT and E Number 1223), also known asmethylisothiazoline, is a powerful synthetic biocide and preservative commonly used in a range of consumer personal care products, including cosmetics, lotions, moisturisers, mouthwashes, sanitary wipes, shampoos, soaps, sunscreens and dish washing-up liquid. It is a cytotoxin that may affect different types of cells and dermatologists have long been concerned about a rise in the number of people having allergic responses to it. It can cause cell and nerve damage and is lethal to mature neurons in the brain due to its ability to liberate zinc from intracellular metal binding sites. The liberated zinc, in turn, triggers a cell death cascade in neurons. Check labels for this additive, especially if suffering from skin disorders. See Food additives.

Human skin is the biggest organ of the body. If spread out, the average skin of an adult male would measure about two square metres and weigh between 10 to 15 kilos. Every thirty-five days the skin replaces itself using the food ingested. If the body is not provided with the correct balance of nutrients, for this process to take place, it will begin to show in the skin, nails and hair first. Spots, acne, dry rashes, brittle nails and lank dull hair are all signs that the body is missing the right balance of nutrients. For instance, white spots on the nails shows a lack of calcium in the body.

A healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish and herbs and spices can rectify most skin disorders quite quickly. Fatty foods, sugar, drugs, coffee, alcohol, animal products, aging, refined and processed foods and additives can also adversely affect the skin and produce blemishes, rashes, spots and dry or oily skin. A cleanse and detoxification programme can help to clear up serious conditions. See the Cleanse and Detoxify page for natural foods to do this.

To find out how to make natural cleaning products for the body and home visit the Hygiene Toxins and Health page.

Vitamin A deficiency can be the cause of acne, boils and bumpy skin.

Foods rich in hyaluronan should be consumed with foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E to keep skin looking young, wrinkle free and smooth therefore a meal of calf's liver with ground hemp seeds and fresh vegetables and a desert of kiwi fruit and oranges consumed once a week would be suitable for this purpose.

The liver is the father of all organs and needs regularly detoxification so that it can do its job properly which includes expulsion of toxins, and other unhealthy materials that can congregate in the body. The skin, nails and hair will show these impurities often before they can do any serious damage within so it is wise to treat the liver to a total cleanse whenever the hair and nails are lacking in strength, elasticity and lustre or the skin is showing blemishes, dryness or over production of oils.

DAILY MORNING LIVER CLEANSER

The liver has one of the first stop jobs of sorting through the food and toxins that are ingested. It can regenerate itself if minor damage from excessive toxins occurs but eventually it will get clogged and overworked which is when food stops being digested properly and the rest of the system is affected beginning with the skin.

The following will clean it up so it can do its job. These ingredients together, taken in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning, will cleanse the liver and the blood:

For more natural liver cleansers visit the Liver page.


ACNE

The main reason for all acne is clogged pores, but there are many triggers that can lead to spots, pimples and acne. Triggers include contact with oily substances, hormone fluctuations, vitamin deficiency, bacterial infections, toxins overload, allergies and many others. It is better to treat the triggers in order to prevent acne through a healthy nutritious diet rather than try to clear the spots after they have appeared.

 

acne

Causes of Acne

Pores will swell and cause skin cells and oils to become trapped inside, which may lead to acne. A natural remedy against this trigger will include ingredients that work to eliminate swelling. Alternatively, large pores make it easy for skin cells from the surface of the skin to fall into pores and cause a clog. A natural remedy that reduces pore size may eliminate new breakouts.

There are plenty of ways for pores to become clogged, but clogging is the ultimate trigger for infection and acne. Excess oil production can cause pores to become sticky, trapping skin cells inside.

When this happens, it is best to treat the problem with a natural remedy that will reduce oil production. Oil production may increase as a result of hormone fluctuations, so internal remedies that work to improve the metabolism balance may work best when this happens. This type of acne generally occurs during times of high stress, menstruation, puberty and pregnancy or pre-menopause.

Acne may develop due to an allergic reaction to dairy products. The number one cause of acne is the consumption of milk from cows. Any dairy products, but especially liquid milk, including cheese, butter and ice cream, can promote acne.

Organic goat’s milk is a healthy,  lactose free alternative to try if cow’s milk is the trigger. Also consume plenty of live probiotic products, such as yogurt, to maintain healthy intestinal flora but avoid all other cows’ milk products.

Modern dairy and other animal products often contain hormones and steroids that can upset the body's natural hormonal balance. About 80 percent of milked dairy cows are pregnant, which causes the hormone progesterone to appear in their milk.

Sugar must be avoided because it impairs immune function and feeds the bacteria which have begun to multiply within the sebaceous glands which surround hair follicles. Biopsies of individuals with acne have shown their tissues' glucose tolerance to be seriously flawed. Honey is a useful alternative as it has antibacterial properties.

It has been said that acne is solely caused by bacteria but that's not entirely true. It's often caused by the body trying to get rid of toxins. The skin is an organ that can excrete waste products and acne is one way that the body is actually excreting internal toxins through the skin to get rid of them.

As much as the link between pubescent hormonal changes and acne is true, the skin disorder is not just confined to the teenage years. Many adults suffer from acne, as well. Some adult acne sufferers have elevated levels of male hormones that stimulate sebum production. Genetic factors may be the cause of these elevated androgen levels or, again, it may be due to the consumption of cow's milk.

Long-term consumption of bromine can result in brominism, a toxic condition and even trace amounts of bromine can trigger severe acne in sensitive individuals. Natural sources of bromine are: chlorella, kelp, seaweed, sea salt and spirulina.

Natural Remedies for acne

Dietary clean-up is the basis of natural therapy for acne. Excess sugar, saturated fat and hydrogenated oils must be eliminated. Certain foods trigger acne in susceptible people. For some, it is sugar or chocolate; for others, dairy products. Still others react to iodine in shellfish or excess iodized salt. Some experience exacerbations with spicy foods.  See the Dangers of Sugar page for more information.

Raw Juice Therapy can successfully treat acne. The best organic natural foods to juice are: grapes, pear, plum, raisins, tomato, cucumber, carrot, potato and spinach.

Keep hair off the face - Long hair or a fringe should be tied back from the face. Hair contains oils and will contribute to acne breakouts. Wash the hair everyday and especially after workouts.

 

Wash pillow cases and bedding every other day - Your face lays on your pillow case every day which absorbs the oils and dirt from the skin and reapplies the dirt and oil causing further outbreaks.

 

With a little experimentation and self-observation it is possible to discover what foods trigger, exacerbate, relieve and cures acne. See the Natural Remedies for Acne below.

 


 

AGE SPOTS

 

Age spots, sometimes called 'liver spots' are caused by excessive exposure over many years to the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and are nothing to do with the liver. They are due to the clumping of melanin which is the pigment in the skin. Any dark areas of the skin can be treated with the following natural remedies but avoid using them around the eyes.

 

Natural remedies for age spots

 

Ingredients

  • One  tablespoon of salt

  • One tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda

  • On tablespoon of olive oil

  • Clay

  • A tablespoon of milk

  • The juice of half a lemon

Method

  • Mix the salt, bicarbonate of soda and olive oil together to form a paste.

  • Apply to affected area and leave on for 20 minutes then wash off.

  • Then mix the clay, milk and lemon juice together to form a paste and apply to the same area.

  • Leave on for 15 minutes then wash off, pat dry and apply cold-pressed coconut oil.

The following can all help to reduce the appearance of age spots and, if used regularly twice a day, may make them disappear altogether. Try rubbing into the affected areas and leaving for at least 10 minutes before washing off and applying vitamin E oil or coconut oil.

  • Aloe vera gel (direct from a fresh leaf)

  • Apple cider vinegar (diluted with a little water)

  • Buttermilk

  • Castor oil

  • Cucumber

  • Dandelion juice

  • Lemon juice

  • Onion juice

  • Papaya juice

  • Radish juice

  • Rosewater

  • Sandalwood powder (mixed with any of the juices)

  • Tomato juice

Cashew nuts contain polyphenols and salicylic acid that have powerful antibacterial properties against the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that causes acne.

 

NOTE: Do not allow sun on the skin after using apple cider vinegar or lemon juice as it can cause sunburn. Always try to keep areas with age spots out of the sun anyway as sun exposure can darken them. If they are on the face, always wear a hat with a wide brim.

 


BRUISES AND SWELLING

Externally hold under a cold tap for a few minutes, apply an ice pack or a frozen bag of peas, apple cider vinegar or tamanu oil to reduce swelling.

A poultice made from chicory or lettuce and nutmeg can be applied to further reduce bruises and swelling.

Mugwort. Mix the dry herb with honey and apply to bruises to fade them.

Natural foods to consume to treat bruises and swelling are: asparagus, cherries, nutmeg, olives, papaya, rosehips


BURNS AND SUNBURN

Serious burns with large blisters need to be treated professionally because of risk of serious infection and dehydration. Consuming coconut water or pineapple juice can alleviate dehydration.

Small burns should be held under a cold running tap to instantly reduce the temperature and prevent further damage. Then they should be kept dry and clean and not covered if possible to help faster healing.

Mild sunburn or first degree burns can be treated externally using the following natural remedies: aloe vera gel, honey, pot marigold, reed mace, egg white (beaten to fluffy stage) and comfrey (hot fomentation compress).

Use cold water and an apple cider vinegar compress until the pain goes away then apply potato slices or chopped up peeled raw potatoes mixed with water to make a paste.

See also Blisters on the Foot Disorders page.


CELLULITE

Natural foods to consume to treat cellulite are: burdock root, , gotu kola, mango, oily fish, papaya and raisins.

Teas can be made with herbs and spices by adding hot but not boiling water to them and leaving to steep for 30 minutes then strain and sip 3 - 6 cups a day slowly. Honey can be added to sweeten and they can be reheated gently but don't boil.

Avoid: meat products, margarine, sugar, coffee and refined white flours and processed foods with additives.


CHILBLAINS

Consume cherries and rosehips to alleviate symptoms of chilblains. Externally the following can provide relief: potato paste, lettuce, chicory, pine needle tea bath, tamanu oil


COLD SORES (herpes simplex virus type 1)

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, which is usually acquired in childhood through contact with infected saliva. The type 1 virus is believed to lie dormant in certain nerve cells of the body until it is activated by stress, anxiety, a cold or excessive exposure to the sun. It causes sores on the external lip or near the mouth or nose that last anywhere from seven to 14 days.

Glycyrrhizic acid, an ingredient in liquorice root, kills the cold sore virus cells. Dab some of the powdered liquorice root on the cold sore then use petroleum jelly for instant relief. Covering a cold sore with petroleum jelly will speed healing and help protect it from secondary infection with bacteria.

Soak a cotton ball in milk and apply it to the sore to relieve pain. If this is done as soon as the tingling is felt before the cold sore surfaces, it can help speed the healing right from the beginning.

Ice held on to the cold sore just as it is appearing can reduce the time it takes to heal.

Always use new toothbrush after the blister has formed and again after the attack has cleared up. Toothbrushes can harbour the virus.

Cold sores are extremely contagious, avoid kissing and sharing cups, towels or other such items. Wash hands frequently, especially after touching the cold sore. And take care not to touch eyes or genitals immediately after touching the sore. Keep a hand sanitizer with you when out in case a bathroom is unavailable.

Attempting to camouflage a cold sore with makeup often aggravates the problem, as the chemicals in makeup can make the sore worse. Sharing lipstick or makeup can pass the virus to others.

See the Virus page for more natural home remedies to fight of viruses.


CUTS, WOUNDS AND SPLINTERS

The following can help stop bleeding: aloe vera, alum root, ash gourd, banana, cayenne pepper, lemon, papaya and tea.

Cayenne pepper sprinkled on the inside of a banana skin and placed on the skin with a bandage will draw out any foreign object (splinters, etc) embedded in the flesh.

Other external remedies are: pau d'arco, yoghurt (live probiotic), tea tree oil, garlic cloves (sliced or crushed), aloe vera juice or gel, tea, chicory, Chinese rhubarb root, papaya, mango, coconut milk, crushed cloves, watercress, potatoes, comfrey (hot fomentation compress), myrrh, marigold, reed mace root, apricots, banana, cayenne pepper

Foods to include in the diet to assist with healing are:

Dairy products: yoghurt (live probiotic)

Vegetables of all colours especially garlic, legumes, root vegetables

All whole grains especially amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye and teff

Fruit: cranberry juice, papaya, mango, pomegranate juice and raisins

Nuts: coconut

Seeds: chia, flax, sesame

Herbs blueberry leaf extract, burdock root, dandelion root, golden seal root, oregano, sage, stinging nettles, suma and white willow.

Spices cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg,

Derivatives apple cider vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, brine pickles, chlorella, green tea, miso, spirulina, tea

See also Nature Cures For Injury, surgery and Infection.


DRY SKIN, DERMATITIS, ECZEMA AND ITCHY RED RASHES

This is can be due to the diet, allergy, harsh chemicals, central heating, air conditioning, winter, air pollution, tobacco smoke, low humidity, hard water, soap, cleaning products, cosmetics or medications. Natural foods including plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, seeds, nuts, oily fish and whole grains can rectify these skin conditions. Too many hot baths and showers can aggravate them. Adding tea tree oil, baby oil or vitamin E oil to a bath can help to retain some moisture in the skin.

Natural remedies that can be applied externally to relieve dry skin conditions are: apricots, borage, cinnamon, Chinese rhubarb root,honey, mango, olive oil, papaya, parsley, pumpkin, raspberries, strawberries and yoghurt. Use a blender to make a thick cream using some or all the ingredients and rub onto dry skin then drink the rest.

Other good remedies are: burdock root, tea tree oil, oats, pine needle tea bath, tamanu oil, watercress, egg white (beaten to fluffy stage), sweet almond oil and pastes made from ground nuts and seeds.

Fresh, crushed mugwort leaves applied to the skin relieves shingles, burning, itching and pain and, with continued application, can help get rid of warts.

Raw Juice Therapy can successfully treat dry skin conditions. The best organic natural foods to juice are: red grapes, carrot, spinach, cucumber and beetroot.


GANGRENE

Gangrene is a medical term used to describe the death of an area of the body. It develops when the blood supply is cut off to the affected part as a result of various processes, such as infection, vascular (blood vessels) disease or trauma. Gangrene can involve any part of the body; the most common sites include the legs, arms, toes, fingers, feet and hands.

Two major types of gangrene exist:

Dry gangrene is caused by a reduction of blood flow through the arteries. It appears gradually and progresses slowly. In most people, the affected part does not become infected. In this type of gangrene, the tissue becomes cold and black, begins to dry and eventually sloughs off. Dry gangrene is commonly seen in people with blockage of arteries, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, tobacco smoking and genetic and other factors. Because the cause of dry gangrene is a lack of blood flow, restoring the blood supply is vital.

Wet or moist gangrene develops as a complication of an untreated infected wound. Swelling resulting from the bacterial infection causes a sudden stoppage of blood flow. Cessation of blood flow facilitates invasion of the muscles by the bacteria and multiplication of the bacteria because disease-fighting cells (white blood cells) cannot reach the affected part.

Gas gangrene is a type of wet gangrene caused by the bacteria known as Clostridia. Clostridia are a type of infection-causing bacteria that grow only in the absence of oxygen. As Clostridia grow, they produce poisonous toxins and gas. This condition needs to be treated aggressively because of the threat of the infection rapidly spreading via the bloodstream and damaging vital organs.

Risk factors for the development of gangrene

Symptoms of Gangrene

First Signs

An area of the body turns blue or black
A wound does not heal in 7 to 14 days
Pain in a localized area is severe
Unexplained fever is persistent
Pus or blood drains from the wound
A foul-smelling odour discharges from the wound

Dry gangrene:

The affected area becomes cold and numb
Initially, the affected area becomes red
Then, it develops a brown discolouration
Finally, it becomes black and shrivelled

Wet or moist gangrene:

The affected area becomes swollen and decays
It is extremely painful
Local oozing occurs
It produces a foul-smelling odour
It becomes black
The affected person develops a fever

Gas gangrene:

The wound is infected
A brown-red or bloody discharge may ooze from the affected tissues
Gas produced by clostridia may produce a crackling sensation when the affected area is pressed
It becomes swollen
Pain in the affected area is severe
The affected person develops fever, increased heart rate and rapid breathing if the toxins spread into the bloodstream

Natural Remedies to Treat Gangrene

If caught early when first signs appear, a healthy highly nutritious cleansing diet can help the body repair the damage caused and fight off bacterial infections. See the Nature Cures Cleansing Diet

Because bacteria can replicate so rapidly urgent attention must be given. If left too long the only remedy is amputation to stop it spreading to other parts of the body. Treating the under lying cause immediately is vital. See the Arteriosclerosis, Diabetes and Blood Disorders pages.

The following can help to kill bacteria and stimulate the body to provide blood to the area if applied externally: aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, coconut, comfrey (hot fomentation compress), garlic (crushed), nutmeg, paprika, tamanu oil, tea tree oil and turmeric.

Prevention of Gangrene

Keep wounds clean and sterile by cleaning all wounds thoroughly with an antiseptic solution and replacing dressings regularly. Watch for signs of infection, such as pus, redness, swelling or unusual pain. People with diabetes should control their blood-sugar levels with proper medication. Education about proper foot care is vital for people with diabetes. They should routinely examine their feet for any signs of injury or change in skin colour. Any small injury should be immediately cared for. They should keep their nails trimmed and wear comfortable well-fitting shoes.


GREASY SKIN (seborrhoea)

Seborrhoea is the name for the condition of greasy skin caused by excess sebum. Sebum is made of triglyceride oils, wax, squalene and metabolites of fat-producing cells and acts as a delivery system for antioxidants, antimicrobial lipids, pheromones and provides hydration of the skin.

Seborrhoeic eczema is caused by the malfunctioning of sebaceous glands. This disorder results in irregular sebum production and the consequent infection of the epidermal cells. This normally happens on the scalp, cheeks, eyebrows and wherever else hair follicles are found and causes unsightly yellow peeling skin.

The following natural foods can help treat seborrhoea. Consuming only organic natural produce is important for mineral content and the elimination of chemical pesticide residues and additives in the diet which will in turn lead to less oil being produced by the sebaceous glands.

Drink at least 6 glasses of bottled mineral water per day

All vegetables especially alfalfa, chicory, okra, peas, radishes

All whole grains especially amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye, teff

All fruits especially papaya, mango, raisins

Herbal teas: borage, burdock root, dandelion, pine needle

Spices: nutmeg, paprika, turmeric

Externally and added to evening baths: aloe vera, lemon, mango, strawberry, tamanu oil, ylang ylang

NOTE: avoid direct sunlight on the skin after use of external remedies.

Through stools, urine, tears and sweat the body rids itself of toxins that would otherwise build up and lead to greasy skin. Fevers and skin eruptions are a natural part of the cleansing process and shouldn't be suppressed. Cleansing allows the body to restore balance and occurs when imbalance is too great and threatens health and life. Ingesting live organic natural plant foods encourages this process to take place faster and can help clear up greasy skin which can clog the pores and lead to acne. Visit the Cleanse and Detoxify page to find out which natural foods can help the body clean itself inside and out.
 


HIVES (urticaria)

Although the cause of hives is often un known, they are often a response to the body releasing histamines, which it does due to an allergic reaction to food, medicine or other allergens. Histamine is also sometimes the body's response to infections, stress, sunlight and changes in temperature, among other things. Hives are small, swollen, itchy, red areas on the skin that may occur singularly or in clusters. Hives usually fade within a few hours, but new ones may appear in their place. Most hive outbreaks resolve themselves completely within a few days.

Natural Remedies for Hives

Basil can work as a natural antihistamine. Heat a couple sprigs of basil leaves up under some steam and apply gently to the hives. Basil may help reassure the body that the foreign agent causing the hives is not something it should be fighting.
Bicarbonate of soda; Make a thick paste out of baking soda and water. Spread on infected area.
Chamomile tea; is commonly used by people to treat hives. If taking warfarin, do not take chamomile without first getting approval from a doctor.
Devil's claw; also known as  may reduce the inflammation and can be helpful if skin lesions occur from severe hive outbreaks.
Ginger; can be taken with food, as a tea and the raw peeled root can be dabbed onto the affected area for relief of hives.
Goldenseal; best known for its gastrointestinal benefits, has also been found to be beneficial for people with food allergies to eliminate or reduce allergic reactions.
Green tea; commonly known for its amazing health benefits, including antihistamine effects, is available both with and without caffeine.
Liquorice root; can reduce inflammation caused by hives and supports the immune system to help the body recover from symptoms more quickly.
Oatmeal; soak in a warm, not hot, oatmeal bath to relieve itching and soothe the skin.
Stinging nettle; known for its ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces.

Coldsfoot may be effective as a natural antihistamine. Europeans have a long history of using the plant to cure skin conditions. The leaves can be ground up into a paste and applied topically.

A healthy balanced diet with plenty of foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E rich foods can help speed recovery from hives. Eat foods that contain live  probiotics for optimal digestive health to shorten the length of the hives when they occur as a result of food allergies. Yogurt that contains live active cultures, brine pickles, cottage cheese and sauerkraut are some good sources.

NOTE: If suffering from high blood pressure, a heart condition, oedema or are taking certain medications such as warfarin or diuretics, do not take liquorice root. If suffering with diabetes or are taking blood pressure or blood-thinning medication, do not take devil's claw.


INSECT BITES

Most insect bites can be irritating and itchy and need a simple remedy to relieve them but some can carry bacteria, parasites and viruses and a blood test is required to determine what this infection is.

Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks. See the Lyme Disease page for details and natural remedies.

Powassan is a minor cause of viral encephalitis in the northern United States and is transmitted by ticks. A new powassan like virus has recently been isolated from deer ticks. Encephalitis is global, in Asia, for example, about 50,000 cases of Japanese encephalitis are reported annually.

Natural remedies for simple bites and stings are applied topically as a tea, essential oil or paste such as:

aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, basil, black pepper, holy basil, mango, radishes, tamanu oil, tea tree oil

Camphor oil is a very effective local anaesthesia as it causes numbness of the sensory nerves at the area of application. It is also antiseptic so can successfully treat and relieve the pain of insect bites.

Homemade Natural Repellent Spray

In a spray bottle, mix 2 mugs of distilled white vinegar and 1 mug of water. To make a scented solution (to eliminate the vinegar odour) add 20 drops of any essential oil. Eucalyptus oil works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks and mosquitoes.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

Note: Essential oil is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers

Repellent for Pets

For pets, add 1 mug of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 mugs of distilled white vinegar. Then add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil which both contain sulphur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. When outdoors spray this solution on two to three times per day.

Removing Ticks

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick very close to the skin.

  • Don't squeeze it as squeezing can speed up infection.

  • With a steady motion pull the tick’s body away from the skin.

  • Then clean skin with soap and warm water.

  • Avoid crushing the tick’s body.

  • Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit disease.

  • If the tick is crushed, clean the skin with soap and warm water or alcohol.

  • Don’t use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.

See the Mosquitoes Borne Infections page for symptoms, prevention and remedies.

 

See also Lyme Disease for information about ticks bites from deer.

 


 

PEMPHIGUS

 

Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder that causes painful blisters, bumps and scabs on the surface of the skin similar to eczema and often misdiagnosed as such. It often affects mucous membranes such as the nose, throat, tongue and genitals and can cause blisters in and around the mouth. Isothiocyanates, phenols, thiols and tannins found in foods are known to trigger outbreaks of pemphigus and therefore it is wise to try a two-week elimination of foods containing these compounds to see if the condition improves. To find out more and which foods to eliminate from the diet see Pemphigus.

 


PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that affects 1% to 3% of the world's population. It is characterized by periodic flare-ups of well defined, red patches covered by a silvery, flaky scale on the skin and the scalp. There are several variations of psoriasis but the most common type is chronic plaque psoriasis. The exact cause is unknown, but it is believed that a combination of several factors contributes to the development of this disease.

In a normally functioning immune system, white blood cells produce antibodies to foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. These white blood cells also produce chemicals that aid in healing and fighting infective agents. But with psoriasis, special white blood cells called T-cells become overactive. These T-cells "attack" the skin and set off a cascade of events that make the skin cells multiply so fast they start to stack up on the surface of the skin. Normal skin cells form, mature, then are sloughed off every 30 days. But in plaque psoriasis the skin goes through this whole process in 3-6 days.

Psoriatic arthropathy is a form of arthritis that many people with psoriasis can develop. It causes pain, swelling and stiffness in joints. See Arthritis

Damage

Sometimes an injury to the skin can cause the formation of a psoriasis patch. This is known as the Koebner Phenomenon, and it can occur in other skin diseases, such as eczema and lichen planus. It can take 2 to 6 weeks for a psoriasis lesion to develop after an injury. Types of damage that can trigger a flare include: abrasion - even mild abrasions, increased friction from clothing or skin rubbing against skin in folds, such as armpits or under breasts, sunburn, viral rashes, drug rashes and the weather.

Diet

Alcohol, sugar, coffee, fatty meats, refined processed foods, additives and deficiencies in minerals and phytonutrients can induce attacks of psoriasis,

Low levels of calcium have been reported as a trigger for psoriasis. Medications made with
vitamin D are used to treat psoriasis to enable absorption of calcium but low levels of vitamin D do not trigger a flare-up. Never take calcium supplements which can cause calcification of arteries and adversely affect the heart. Instead choose  natural foods rich in calcium. Highest sources of calcium in micrograms per 100 grams are:

  • Dried herbs such as basil, dill, marjoram, rosemary and thyme 2113 mg

  • Cheese such as goat’s, gruyere, parmesan, Romano and Swiss 1376 mg

  • Sesame seeds 975 mg

  • Mozzarella cheese 961 mg

  • Tinned fish with bones such as sardines, mackerel and pilchards 383 mg

  • Tofu 372 mg

  • Almonds 264 mg

  • Flaxseeds 255 mg

  • Chlorella 221mg

  • Mussels 180 mg

  • Oysters 170 mg

  • Brazil nuts 160 mg

  • Prawns 150 mg

  • Tripe 150 mg

  • Scallops, spirulina and watercress 120 mg

  • Whole milk and whole yoghurt 113 mg

  • Chinese cabbage 105 mg

  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as dandelion greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens  99 mg

  • Okra 77 mg

  • Soya beans 75 mg

  • Boneless fish such as bass, herring, pike, perch, pollock and rainbow trout 74 mg

  • Kidney beans 70 mg

  • Eggs 60 mg

  • Broccoli 47 mg

Drugs that can induce or worsen Psoriasis

The following drugs are known to either worsen psoriasis or induce a flare-up:

Chloroquine used to treat or prevent malaria
ACE inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure. Examples include monopril, captopril, and lisinopril.
Beta blockers also used to treat high blood pressure. Examples include lopressor and atenolol.
Lithium a medication used to treat bipolar disorder
Indocin an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat a variety of conditions, including gout and arthritis
Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or solumedrol, can actually dramatically improve psoriasis. However, abruptly stopping the drug or rapidly tapering off of it can trigger a flare-up.

Stress

Psychological stress has long been understood as a trigger for psoriasis flares, but scientists are still unclear about exactly how this occurs. Studies do show that not only can a sudden, stressful event trigger a rash to worsen, daily hassles of life can also trigger a flare. In addition, one study showed that people who were categorized as "high worriers" were almost two times less likely to respond to treatment compared to "low worriers."

Infections

Infections caused
by bacteria or viruses can cause a psoriasis flare. Streptococcal infections that cause tonsillitis, or strep throat, tooth abscesses, cellulitis, and impetigo can cause a flare of guttate psoriasis in children. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) does not increase the frequency of psoriasis, but it does increase the severity of the disease.

Weather

Weather is a strong factor in triggering psoriasis. Exposure to direct sunlight, which usually occurs in the warmer months, often improves the rash. On the other hand, cold, short days seen in the winter months can trigger the rash to worsen.


External Treatment for Psoriasis

The following can be used externally to treat psoriasis egg white (beaten to fluffy stage), burdock root, Chinese rhubarb root, mango, oats, parsley, pine needle tea bath, tamanu oil

Natural foods to consume to treat Psoriasis

Plenty of natural mineral water

Fish anchovies, eel, carp, shellfish, octopus, salmon, trout, mackerel, halibut, herring, sardines, pilchards, kipper, eel, whitebait, anchovies, swordfish, carp, bloater fish, hilsa fish, sprats, tuna (fresh only)

Dairy: eggs

Vegetables watercress, okra, radishes, carrots, parsnips, peas, beetroot, cucumber, alfalfa

All whole grains especially amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye, teff

Fruit grapes, tangerines, papaya, raisins, ash gourd, mango, mosambi juice

Nuts brazil nuts, walnuts, coconut

Seeds chia, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds, poppy seeds

Herbs tarragon, oregano, dill, parsley, milk thistle, sarsaparilla, burdock root, dandelion, pine needle tea, borage

Spices black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika

Derivatives brine pickles, tea especially green tea

Raw Juice Therapy can successfully treat psoriasis. The best organic natural foods to juice are: grapes, apricot, lemon, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, raisins, tomato and spinach.


VITILIGO

Vitiligo are white spots, streaks and patches of skin and hair where normal pigmentation has been lost due to destruction of the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. This means that no more melanin or pigment is made in these places.

Vitiligo is thought to be an autoimmune problem in which the body attacks its own pigment cells and kills them. There may be an underlying factor such as stress or illness in some people.

30% of people with this disorder have a family history of vitiligo, so genetics can be a reason. There is often a family or personal history of other connective tissue or endocrine disease also related to an immune problem such as alopecia areata, thyroid disease, diabetes, Addison’s disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands) and pernicious anaemia.

Vitiligo is a chronic disease and its course is variable. Most commonly, it comes on rapidly, followed by a period of stability or slow progression of the problem. In about 30% of cases, the affected skin may begin to re-pigment naturally in sun-exposed areas as melanocytes migrate in from surrounding normal skin or from deep in the hair follicles. Skin that recovers in this way or with treatment usually shows small dots of re-pigmentation around involved hair follicles.

The white patches usually appear symmetrically on both sides of the body. Vitiligo affects approximately 1 percent of the population. The condition is more common in dark-skinned people and, while noticeable in people with paler skin, it can be very distressing to people with darker complexions. It most often develops between the ages of ten and thirty.

Common sites include:

  • Exposed areas of the skin, such as the central face, fingers, hands, wrists, body folds

  • The mucous membranes and areas around moles are other commonly affected sites.

  • Sites of injury

  • The hair

The less common symptoms include:

  • Premature whitening or greying of the hair, eyelashes, eyebrows and beard.

  • Loss of colour of the mucous membranes lining the inside of the mouth.

  • There can be changes in the colour of the retina.

It is important to avoid skin trauma as much as possible as cuts and abrasions can frequently be followed by vitiligo in the affected areas.

There are many remedies both internal and external that can help to reduce pigment loss and even regenerate pigmentation. Every one reacts differently so try more than one until you find which can work for you personally.

NATURAL DIET FOR VITILIGO

A healthy balanced diet is vital and consuming natural foods rich in beta-carotene, lysine, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B4 (adenine), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B8 (inositol), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B10 (pteroylmonoglutamic acid), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), vitamin B15 (pangamic acid), vitamin C, vitamin E and the minerals copperphosphorus, selenium, silica, sulphur and zinc can provide the necessary nutrients to encourage re-pigmentation of the skin. Zinc and vitamin B12 and vitamin B13 are often lost by drinking alcohol and through many medications.

Click on the blue links to find out which natural foods contain these nutrients.

Try to include as many different coloured plants foods per day as possible as each colour represents vital nutrients required to assist the body in producing pigment cells.

Other natural foods to include in the diet to aid re-pigmentation of the skin are: amaranth, apples (red), apricots, artichokes, beetroot, berries (red and black), broccoli (purple top), garlic, ginger, grapes (red and black), green tea, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, olive oil, peppercorns (ground or whole all colours), peppers (all types and all colours), red krill oil and turmeric powder.

AVOID turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen or are in the first 3 months of pregnancy.

INTERNAL NATURAL REMEDIES

Although there is no actual real cure for this disease, some natural remedies can improve the appearance of the skin and encourage re-pigmentation.

Aloe vera gel

This can be taken internally or used externally on areas of skin de-pigmentation to encourage pigment production. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scrape out the gel. Either apply directly on the skin in the evening or mix with pure fruit juice to drink once a day or try both for one month.

Black seed, honey and/or pure cold pressed coconut oil

  • Mix 250g of black seed oil with 250g of honey and/or coconut oil

  • Apply to the skin and the roots of grey hair.

Copper: regularly drinking water that has been stored in a copper vessel can provide nutrients that can help re-pigment the skin. This does take some time but can be effective. Make sure the water has been stored in the copper vessel for at least 24 hours.

Hemp seeds are a super food which has nigh nutritional content (rich in fatty acids, minerals and all essential amino acids) and has properties that can help to encourage re-pigmentation.

Margosa leaves and honey

  • Grind the washed margosa leaves in a blender.

  • Take two teaspoons of this juice and mix it will 1 teaspoon of pure warmed honey.

  • Drink the mixture 3 times a day for about a month.

Mulberries promote melanin production. Regular intake of mulberry and its juice applied directly to the skin and hair can rejuvenate the cells to produce pigmentation.

Psoralen seeds and dried ginger

  • Place the seeds and dried ginger in a grinder and grind into a smooth powder.

  • Take a teaspoon of this powder and mix it with one glass of warm milk.

  • Drink this milk every day for a month or two to see effective results.

Sepia is a brown melanin-containing pigment from the ink of cuttlefishes and can be useful in treating vitiligo.

EXTERNAL NATURAL REMEDIES

Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on a daily basis to all de-pigmented spots to protect the affected skin from sunburn and photo-aging. A sun-block containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is preferable. Areas of vitiligo no longer have any protective pigment, burn easily and are more susceptible to developing skin cancer. Do not avoid the sun completely though as it can also encourage re-pigmentation in some cases and the skin needs to be exposed to the sun for 15 minutes per day to enable the production of vitamin D

It is advisable to avoid the sun after some of the following external  treatments which involve acidic remedies such as vinegar or lemon juice as this can burn the skin. In this case it is advisable to do the treatment in the evening after sun down.

Basil and lemon juice

  • Juice 5 to 6 lemons.

  • Add a teaspoon or two of the sweet basil leaves extract to the lemon juice and mix well.

  • Apply this mixture on the affected areas of the skin generously and leave it there for 15 minutes.

  • Wash with warm water and pat dry.

  • Repeat every evening before bed for 5 to 6 months.

Ginger and red clay

  • Add fresh extracts of ginger juice to powdered red clay.

  • Mix this well and then apply to the affected areas once a day.

  • Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then wash off and pat dry.

  • Repeat this process for 4 to 5 months

Gingko biloba and coconut oil

Make a paste using this herb with a little pure cold pressed coconut oil and apply daily before bed.

Mama cadela root

  • Boil the roots of the Mama Cadela plant for about 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Strain and keep the liquid in the refrigerator.

  • Apply the liquid to the affected areas of the skin regularly every day to reduce the whiteness of the skin.

Psoralen seeds and tamarind

  • Soak about 25 grams of tamarind and about 2 teaspoons of psoralen seeds in water for a minimum of 4 days in a refrigerator.

  • Dry them and then grind it into a coarse paste with the same water.

  • Apply this paste on the white patches every day for a month.

  • Leave it there for 20 minutes and then wash it off.

  • Repeat daily once or twice to see a reduction in the white patches on the skin.

Psoralen seed powder, barberry root powder, black cumin and coconut oil.

  • Combine psoralen seed powder with barberry root powder, black cumin and coconut oil into a smooth paste.

  • Apply this mixture every day to the affected areas to see visible results after 4 to 5 months.

Radish seeds and apple cider vinegar

  • Crush or grind about 50gm of radish seeds into a fine powder.

  • Mix the powdered seed with about 50 to 60ml of the vinegar to make a thick smooth paste.

  • Apply this paste on the affected areas of the skin.

  • Leave it there for 15 minutes then wash it off and pat dry.

  • Repeat this for six months every evening before bed.

Turmeric and mustard oil

  • Place 250ml of organic mustard oil in a bowl and mix it well with 5 full teaspoons of turmeric powder.

  • Apply this mixture to the affected areas and leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Wash it off after and pat it dry.

  • Repeat this procedure for at least two times a day for 15 to 20 days

Vitamin E oil

Add some drops of this oil to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes or more. It can also be gently rubbed into the areas affected on the face and head.

Walnuts

  • Grind walnuts in a blender to make it into a coarse powder.

  • Take 2 teaspoons of the coarse walnut powder and mix it with a small amount of bottled mineral water.

  • Mix to make a coarse thick paste and apply to affected areas 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Leave it to react with the skin for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off.

  • Repeat this process for about two months or so

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Alum, natrum carbonicum, phosphorus, sepia, silica and sulphur can aid re-pigmentation but the exact amounts of these are best chosen by a qualified homeopath.


WARTS. MOLES AND SKIN TAGS

Since warts are caused by a viral infection, boosting the body's immune system is one of the most effective methods of preventing and treating warts. Consuming foods high in vitamin C can keep the immune system in good working order and help to treat warts. Some people have also found it helpful to apply vitamin C directly to the wart as a topical treatment. Vitamin E can also help as it works to improve skin condition. Also be sure to drink plenty of bottled mineral water and get sufficient rest.

The following remedies can also work for benign prominent moles and annoying skin tags which are very common after middle age.

Remedy 1. Gently rough up the outer surface of the wart with an emery board then place the inside of the banana skin over the wart and bandage. This should remove the wart after a few hours.

Remedy 2. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the wart using duct tape or medical tape. Leave on over night. Because apple cider vinegar is very acidic, it may irritate the skin surrounding the wart. If it becomes too irritating, try apply every other night. This remedy may also take some time but there should be results after the first week or so.

Remedy 3. Rub freshly cut raw white potatoes on the warts several times a day. This should show results after two weeks.

Remedy 4. Drinking aloe vera juice can improve the activity of the immune system, helping the body fight off the virus that causes warts. Also, apply the juice directly from the leaves of the plant to the wart is an effective treatment.

Remedy 5. Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy is a natural wart remedy that is quite often recommended by medical doctors. The remedy involves placing a piece of duct tape over the wart for several days or weeks. If the piece of tape should fall off, replace it with a fresh piece or tape. Some of the wart may come off with the tape, but the dead cells can be removed with a pumice stone or emery board if necessary. This is a highly effective natural wart remedy.

Remedy 6. Rub castor oil on the warts every day for several months.

Remedy 7. Take one fig leaf and apply the milk or sap from the leaf to the affected areas. Do this twice daily until the wart disappears.

Remedy 8. Smear some cold pressed virgin coconut oil on to a cotton wool pad then sprinkle a small amount of turmeric onto the pad and place over the wart. Tape it on over night then remove and wash normally. Repeat nightly until the wart has gone.

Remedy 9. Slice a clove of garlic thinly. Take one slice of garlic and hold over the wart, mole or skin tag and count slowly to 20. Remove the garlic and then rub a little vitamin E oil on to the affected area. Repeat once a day until the wart, mole or skin tag have gone. Use the rest of the garlic for cooking. Always slice a fresh clove to use on the wart each day.

Vitamin E oil can be bought from the chemist and is a very powerful and effective skin healer and conditioner. Adding a few drops to a hot bath can successfully treat all kinds of skin conditions.


 

NATURE CURES REMEDIES FOR SKIN DISORDERS

 

There are many natural remedies for clearing up acne, rashes and other skin disorders and all work for different people with different skins, lifestyles and metabolism. Try them out and see which one works for you. If the skin becomes irritated in any way stop using that particular remedy and try another one.

 

Never use surgical spirit or iodine on the face as this permanently enlarges the pores leaving them looking unsightly for life.

 

Consuming foods rich in vitamin B15 can help with both treating many skin conditions. Natural foods rich in vitamin B15 are: apricot kernels, beef blood, brewer's yeast, brown rice, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and whole grains.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar 
This is highly acidic, meaning it can kill dead skin cells and clean out pores very well, but you should be careful with it as well. It work just as well as any store-bought toner and is much cheaper. Pay attention to the skin when using it. If it begins to dry out lessen the use of it. You can either use it less often or dilute with some bottled mineral water.

 

Apricot scrub
Made with the ground stones of apricots can help clear acne by removing dead skin and bacteria.

 

Aloe vera
Break off the leaf of an aloe vera plant and rub onto the affected area. Leave for 30 minutes then rinse off with warm water then cold water. Has amazing antiseptic properties and will leave skin feeling soft and clean.

Basil
Externally, diluted essential oil can be useful for acne and insect bites. Note: Essential oil is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Alternatively boil 1 mug of water and add 1 tablespoon fresh or dried basil leaves. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cool. Apply to spots or all over the face if it’s oily.

Bicarbonate of soda and Coconut Milk
Make a paste with 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and coconut milk. Apply to infected area and leave to dry then rinse off

 

Birch
Is practically unexcelled in the tree bark remedies for successfully treating psoriasis, eczema, herpes, acne and similar chronic skin diseases. A tea was once made by boiling the bark which American Native Indians used topically on the skin either as a poultice or ash to treat burns, wounds, bruises, eczema and sores. A similar tea can be made by bringing 1 quart of water to a boil, reducing the heat, adding 3 tbsp dried bark, covering and simmering for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for an additional hour. Then use on the skin like a toner.

 

Brown Sugar Scrub
In the shower, once your skin is damp (and your pores have been opened up by the heat), scrub the acne problem areas with brown sugar. This will clean out dirt, dead skin cells and oil clogging your pores and soften your skin as well. The next day, you will see a noticeable change in your acne and your skin will be silky smooth. Rinse the face well with warm water then rinse again with cold water to close the pores. Use this scrub only 2-3 times per month though, because it dramatically opens and cleans your pores. If you overuse it, your body may begin to over produce oil and your acne could get worse

 

Clay
Facial masks of clay may remove excess oil and help clear the skin.

Coconut Oil
Pure cold pressed coconut oil, which can be found displayed with other cooking oils, is a wonderful chemical free skin moisturizer which also kills any fungal infections including those that affect the feet, navel and genitalia. Take a small piece of the solid white coconut oil into the palm of the hand and rub gently to melt it which is almost instantaneous. It can be used liberally all over the body including the face and leaves skin supple, smooth and clean. A tablespoon can also be added to a warm bath for all over soft skin.

Drumstick leaf juice
Mixed with lime juice can be applied to treat pimples, acne and blackheads.

 

Egg White
To remove oil. Crack 1-2 eggs in a bowl separating out the yolk from the egg white. Then, beat the eggs whites gently until consistent. Next, simple spread it over your face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. The eggs white remove excess oil from your skin.

 

Egg yolks
To stop pores from clogging. Most of the nutrients in eggs are found in the yolk and it’s very true for your skin. Eggs yolks contain lots of Vitamin A, which is comprised of retinoids. Retin-A, which is used in many beauty products is found in Vitamin A. It’s great for battling acne, because it helps regulate the amount of skin cells being produced, therefore preventing the pores from becoming clogged. Also found in Vitamin A is 13-cis-retinol, which helps regulate oil and bacteria production. So, a yolk battles all skin problems in one use. Just crack 1-2 eggs and separate the yolk from the egg white. Mix the yolks together then apply to your face. Within a few minutes the yolk will harden. Once hardened, let the yolk sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Besides the fact that it is a very cheap and useful treatment, this facial mask can be used as often as 1-2 times per week.

 

Fig Leaves
Mashed fig leaves can act as a great skin cleanser for acne and pimples.

 

Garlic 
To prevent break outs of spots. Smash two peeled garlic cloves into a pulp or until you can squeeze juice out of it. Apply the juice to your face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes ONLY. There’s not much science behind this treatment, but it does work. The good thing is that you can use this treatment as often as you want, but don’t leave it on for extended periods of time, because it may eventually burn your skin. Eating 3 cloves of garlic daily will also purify the blood which can also help to get rid of skin blemishes.

 

Green Beans and Chamomile Flowers
Wash the face morning, noon and night with the pod tea of green beans. For chronic acne, add 3 tbsps. of dried chamomile flowers to the pod tea after it's been removed from the stove. Cover and let it steep until the tea becomes cool, then strain and bottle. Wash the face every 3 hrs. if possible with the tea. A cup should also be drunk each day as well.

 

Green Tea
As a face wash, make green tea as normal, drink some and then use the rest to wash the face instead of soap. Has cleansing properties internally and is gentle on the skin.

 

Hemps Seeds
Provides a natural balance of essential nutrients and fatty acids which can improve many skin conditions. Consume at least two tablespoons per day.

 

Holy Basil

Boil 1 mug of water and add 1 tablespoon fresh or dried holy basil leaves. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cool. Apply to spots or all over the face if it’s oily.

 

Honey and Lemons
Cut up a lemon in half and use one of the half’s and put 3-4 drops of honey on it. Take that half slice with the drops of honey on it and scrub it all over your face (except your eyes). Make sure that you get some of the lemon’s juice to come out on your skin. This helps to reduce the amount of pores on your face and also helps to reduce the amount of blackheads on your nose. So, make sure you scrub it a lot around your nose.
Make sure to wipe/wash the lemon juice off, and use sunscreen afterwards. Citric acid can bleach the skin and puts it at significantly higher likelihood of sun damage.

 

Ice
One way to get rid of dirt, oil and dead skin cells is to freeze the pores. When pores get cold, they close up forcing out the dead skin cells, bacteria and oil. Once you’ve forced out the bad stuff from your pores, you can wash it all away to prevent it from spreading to another part of your face. Pack a plastic bag with ice, and then wrap it in a hand towel. Place it on the problem area for at least 10 minutes. Once the spot is good and cold, use a face wash (and cold water) and then toner.

 

Jojoba oil
This oil is used as a natural remedy for all sorts of skin and oil problems. Closer to a wax than oil, jojoba oil is very much like skin’s sebum and may trick skin into producing less oil
if used as a moisturiser.

 

Manuka Honey and Cinnamon
Apply a Manuka honey mask with ground cinnamon to your face once or twice a week -Honey has antibacterial properties so it is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin.

 

Maqui berry
This is a Chilean 'super berry' which contains the highest amount of antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds than any other known natural food. Regular consumption can reduce skin inflammations and heal eruptions such as acne.

 

Marshmallow
Externally this herb is useful for treating cuts, scrapes and other wounds, as well as a remedy for eczema, psoriasis and pinkeye. For topical use shredded root should be mixed with enough warm water to form a thick paste and spread onto a clean cloth. Apply to irritated area as needed.

 

Mint 
To soothe skin. Mint contains menthol which is a natural anti-inflammatory. This means it takes away the red that plagues your skin when you have acne. You can use either mint oil or the juice of blended mint leaves. Just apply to the affected areas of your face or your entire face for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with water. You can use this treatment as often as you’d like, too. Due to the fact that it is an anti-inflammatory, it won’t bother your skin.

 

Mung bean powder
Serves as an effective facial scrub and is used in various homemade herbal scrubs and face packs for acne treatment.

 

Neem leaves
Make a neem leaf paste by simply pounding fresh or dried neem leaves, using a mortar and pestle. For treatment just use the paste as it is. Apply it onto the affected skin and leave for twenty minutes or until nearly dry. Then rinse it off

 

Nutmeg
Can help make acne scars less noticeable. Mix some nutmeg powder with some honey to make a paste, then apply to the acne marks

 

Nutmeg and Cloves
Put 2 tsp. whole cloves and 1 tsp ground nutmeg in 1/4 mug milk. Heat on low for 10 minutes (careful not to scald the milk). Allow the milk to cool. With a small washcloth or other fabric, apply the spicy milk to the pimply areas – or all over your face. Then rinse with warm water then cold water.

 

Nutmeg, orange lentil powder and honey
A scrub made from nutmeg powder and orange lentil powder can help remove blackheads.

 

Oatmeal or Rolled Oats and live Yoghurt
Mix together with warm water. Warm the face with a wet hot face flannel and then rub the oatmeal and yoghurt mixture onto the problem areas. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water then cold water to close the pores.

 

Potato
Slices of raw potato can be applied to the skin. Raw potato has effective healing and anti-inflammatory powers. After 10 minutes remove the potato slices and wash the residue off gently with water.

 

Rosewater
Use as a fragrant and calmative skin repairing toner after using any of the treatments mentioned on this page.

 

Sesame oil
Has been used for centuries in the Middle East and is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which, even though it’s oily, makes it ideal for dealing with acne. Just apply a very thing layer to your skin after you’ve washed your face.

 

Strawberries
Are excellent for both acne and the occasional pimples. Slice the top off a strawberry (eat the fruit) and rub the small amount of flesh left at the top of the strawberry on your pimples. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off.

 

Tamanu Oil
I
s a significant healing agent because of its ability to produce new skin tissue and because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. One of the most important features of Tamanu Oil is its ability to penetrate all three layers of the skin, the Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis. It can effectively treat acne and reduce acne scars as well as other skin conditions.

 

Tea tree oil
Is a natural antiseptic. Apply 5 drops of a 5-15% solution in diluted water to a cotton ball and dab on the affected area.

 

Tin
Consuming foods rich in tin can improve many skin conditions.

 

Tomato Juice
Rinse the face with tomato juice and leave on the skin for one hour before washing  

 

Teas and baths using antibacterial herbs can cure acne and other skin disorders. See the Medicinal Herbs and Spices page for more information

 

CAUTION: Any acidic type of juice (citric lemon, vinegar etc) which is used on skin that is exposed to the sun may cause phytophotodermatitis. Citric acid can also bleach the skin and cause significant sun damage so be sure to avoid the sun after applying. These treatments should be done at night before bed for best results.

 

See also Hair Removal for more natural Facial Scrubs and Face Packs that can remove unwanted facial and body hair and help many skins conditions at the same time.

 


THE NATURE CURES DIET TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND CLEAR THE SKIN

Consume a wide variety of the foods below in the daily diet to benefit from their powerful properties. Eating a multitude (not just 5) of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices per day will provide all the fibre, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals the body needs to clean up the skin. If nothing else but the natural foods listed here are consumed for two weeks the body and mind will become full of vitality and strength.

Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water (fastest in the in the microwave 8 minutes approx.) then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal.

Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.

Drink plenty of bottled mineral water to avoid chlorine and fluoride added to tap water

 

Meat (3 times a week)

beef (organic lean low fat), calf's liver, organ meats, rabbit, venison

 

Fish (4 times a week)

halibut, shellfish, oily fish: such as anchovies, bloater fish, carp, eel, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines, sprats, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only), whitebait


Dairy (yoghurt and kefir milk daily, eggs and cheese 3 or 4 times a week)
kefir milk, non pasteurised blue cheese, eggs, yoghurt (live probiotic)

 

Vegetables (a selection of 4 different colours each day meaning all colours have been eaten at least once a fortnight)

alfalfa, ashitaba, asparagus, aubergine, beetroot, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, chicory, collard greens, corn, courgettes, cress, cucumber, garlic, hops, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, parsnips, pumpkin, radishes, red, green & yellow peppers, seaweed, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress

 

Legumes (3 times a week)

black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans, chickpeas, legumes, lentils, lima bean, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts (unsalted), peas, pinto bean, red kidney beans, soya beans, winged beans

 

Whole Grains and fibre (at least 1 per day)

all whole grains especially amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye, teff

 

Fruit (a selection of at least 2 different colours each day)

apricots, ash gourd, berries, cherries, grapes, lemon, lime, plums, pears, peaches, mango, melon, tangerines, watermelon

 

Juices (minimum of 6 glasses of different pure juices per day)
apple, beetroot, berry, carrot, grape, lemon, lime, mango, mosambi, pomegranate, tomato, watermelon

 

Dried Fruit (as snacks or added to meals daily)
apricots, dates, figs, goji berries, prunes, raisins

 

Nuts (as snacks or added to meals daily)

coconut, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts

 

Seeds (as snacks or added to meals daily)

chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, nasturtium, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, watermelon

 

Sprouts (see the Micro Diet Sprouting page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)
alfalfa, almond, amaranth, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, corn, hazelnut, fenugreek, flaxseeds, kamut, leek, lemon grass, lentil, lettuce, milk thistle, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oat, onion, pea, peanut, radish, rice, rocket, rye, quinoa, sesame, spinach, spring onions, sunflower, turnip, watercress, wheat

 

Herbs (consume as teas or add to meals daily as required)

aloe vera juice, ashitaba, basil, burdock root, dandelion, drumstick, chives, dill, oregano, nasturtium, liquorice root, parsley, pine needle tea, rosemary, sage, safflower, saffron, tarragon, thyme

 

Spices (nutritious spices to be used as often as possible daily)

nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, turmeric (1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in warm water 3 x a day)

 

Derivatives (to be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)

apple cider vinegar, black tea, brine pickles, chamomile tea, green tea, honey, flaxseed oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil

 


 

WHAT TO AVOID WHEN

 

CUT OUT ALL processed foods, additives, coffee, white flour, sugar, biscuits, pre-packaged cereals, crisps, cakes, sweets, candies, pizza, fatty meats, chocolate, all cows milk products, butter, ice cream, cream, processed meats, potatoes, unnecessary medications and drugs, artificial sweeteners and sugar free products.

Instead of animal fats use rapeseed oil, probiotic yoghurt and coconut milk and instead of sugar use honey, fruits, dried fruits, parsnips, sweet potato and Swede to sweeten.

NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.

CAUTION: Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.

NOTE: Some nutritional yeasts, especially brewer’s yeast, can  also interact with medications. Those who are on Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs) medication are especially at risk. It is also best avoided by those carrying the herpes virus as it can induce a attack.

Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as aspartame, coffee,  fizzy drinks, sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).

Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they are organic because of the risk of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Canataloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas frozen

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon



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